Is audio/video the way to assess the "students left behind"?

In New Zealand, we have something like 20% of our kids not performing at their age level in literacy and numeracy.

The bureaucrats reckon that we just need to whip the teachers harder, or whip the students harder. I propose a change to our admin-for-accountability mentality.

Video has finally come into it's own thanks to various internet sites (a shame that TV was always consigned to the corner).

What if we took the pressure off these kids to read and write (boring) and allowed them to express themselves through video/audio recordings instead?

That way, we would be focusing more on what the student knows and has synthesised than whether they can express themselves through the less efficient medium of print..

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